sorting through our “treasures” and finding out how rich we are

“Stop collecting treasures for your own benefit on earth, where moth and rust eat them and where thieves break in and steal them. Instead, collect treasures for yourselves in heaven, where moth and rust don’t eat them and where thieves don’t break in and steal them. Where your treasure is, there your heart will be also."Everything should …

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innocence, grandchildren, trust, and perfection in love

There is no fear in love, but perfect love casts out fear; for fear has to do with punishment, and whoever fears has not reached perfection in love. We love because he first loved us. Those who say, “I love God,” and hate their brothers or sisters, are liars... - 1 john 4:18-20 Sunday morning it snowed …

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friends, pizza, and some Advent

Now that was fun! Rebekah and I drove to Richmond Friday afternoon to get together with a group of seminary students who are meeting to study my Christmas book, In My Heart I Carry A Star. It was just a small gathering, it was off campus, and I was paid in pizza - but in my …

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men and friendship

As soon as David had finished talking with Saul, Jonathan’s life became bound up with David’s life, and Jonathan loved David as much as himself. - Samuel 18:1 THE HEADER: As you can see I've been playing with the "header image" for this blog. I tried several versions, including just me, me and Rebekah, the entire …

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It’s summertime: how about a good, long, read?

This week my Wake Forest Today column is an encouragement to enjoy some serious summer reading. You may or may not have a couple of lazy weeks at the beach scheduled, but you can always pick out a great book, turn off the social media, set the television on "park," pour yourself a huge mug of coffee, …

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Why I write: a true story…

For me, the chief purpose and end of my writing is to communicate encouragement and good news. (Yes, I understand that writing is art, and that art can exist for its own sake, even if nobody ever sees the finished product; and I "get" that art is its own validation.) To some extent, then, I know that …

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laugh and point! (video interview with Derek Maul)

Today I'd like to give a "shout out" to my friend Ray Gryder's video blog. Ray taped an interview with yours truly last Saturday, then this weekend he posted it on his site.  The picture is a little dark, but Ray asks good questions and the sound is clear. Plus I think I agree with …

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